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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon R9 290

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has core clock speeds of 1500 MHz on the GPU, and 12000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 290, which features core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon R9 290 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 290 should be 9% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 290 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 25088 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a small bit (more or less 13%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 290. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 290 128000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 290 51200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20800 (41%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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Radeon R9 290

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Radeon R9 290
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 November 2013
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Hawaii PRO
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 128000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 51200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2560
Texture Mapping Units 96 160
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 290

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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